Isaac and I are finally home after visiting Japan, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. The trip went very well and our schedule worked out as best as it possibly could have. I am most of all grateful that we have been kept safe from earthquakes and tsunamis, North Korean missiles, bird flu, and all other possible sicknesses and misfortunes. We have also returned with our passports, wallets, and cameras to an undisturbed home.
Our fare to the Tokyo Narita Airport (NRT) was pretty good. We bought the tickets in late January and flew on Malaysian Airlines from Los Angeles (LAX) for $1548.60 for the both of us. I had enough miles for a free round trip on Delta from Salt Lake City (SLC) to LAX and was charged a $5 fee. Isaac’s ticket was $234.80 but he had a $50 voucher for Delta. So the average cost per person from SLC to NRT was $869.20.
Our tickets from NRT to Hong Kong (HKG) were a bit more expensive, relatively. They were $438.90 a person on China Eastern Airlines. We had a layover in Shanghai, which we made as long as possible so that we could see my brother who has been living there for the past three years. Visas for China are generally expensive but China has a relatively new policy of 72-hour visa-free transit in Shanghai and Beijing. If you can prove that you have arranged a connecting flight out of China you can leave the airport and visit without a visa for up to 72 hours.
All in all, the total cost of airfare per person was $1308.10. It was a really good trip and I will be posting a lot more about it.